Based on my discussions online (but also in... real life), I think most DSLR beginners coming from a compact or, more probably nowadays, their cell phone camera are after reach. Whether because their compact camera had a ridiculous 20x zoom or, conversely, because their cell phone didn't, everyone seems enamored with very long teles. Soon enough, they realize that a lens that is both good and long costs serious money. As a result, many resort to older lenses, such as the Nikon Nikkor 300mm f/4.5 AIS I'm reviewing today
|Optically it's great; getting that is a wholly other matter|
+ A 300mm prime at this price is really worth considering
+ Superb precision in focusing
+ Optically it's more than decent...
- ... though as an f/4.5 lens without autofocus and VR, getting that quality out of the lens is a different story
- Although it's not exactly big and heavy (for a full-frame tele at least), it's not very small & light either
- Badly designed tripod collar (Nikon was never great at balancing them right)